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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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  • 4 Year
  • WORCESTER, MA

COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

WPI continues to remain vigilant amid the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to shape our campus policies with the health of our community in mind. While we are still offering virtual opportunities, visitors are currently allowed to visit campus for an information session and campus tour, though some conditions are required. Learn More

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grade A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A
  2. Value
    grade A+
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade C+
  5. Athletics
    grade B minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade B+
  7. Professors
    grade A minus
  8. Location
    grade B
  9. Dorms
    grade C
  10. Campus Food
    grade C minus
  11. Student Life
    grade A minus
  12. Safety
    grade B

About

100 INSTITUTE ROAD
WORCESTER, MA 01609
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
From Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a global leader in project-based learning and one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. As a research university centered on engineering, science, technology, and mathematics, WPI’s distinctive curriculum offers students opportunities to work closely with faculty and convert classroom concepts to real-world impact.

Students call WPI's project-based learning approach "life-changing" and say it prepares them for success in their careers and lives. The university’s high-caliber, rigorous curriculum lets students solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. They see how their work makes a direct and often immediate difference in local, national, and even global communities.

WPI's graduates receive some of the highest starting salaries of their peers, attend prestigious graduate schools, and ascend to leadership roles and high-income brackets over their lives.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 15
Acceptance Rate
59%
SAT Range
1310-1480
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$45,834 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$23,536 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A minus
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 36 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 46 responses
26%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 46 responses

Majors

Interactive Media & Game Design at WPI

In WPI’s IMGD program, one of the earliest gaming programs in the nation, faculty and students push the boundaries of new worlds of emerging media, from mobile gaming to intelligent tutoring. Students blend the artistic and technical aspects of game development and interactive media to create games and interactive environments.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    2%
  • On Campus
    98%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,709 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
183
Undergrads Over 25
3100%
Pell Grant
9%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 32 responses
  • Smart
    31%
  • Academic
    28%
  • Hardworking
    16%
  • Stressed
    9%
  • Male
    6%
  • Respectful
    6%
  • Nerdy
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big. 66 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 73 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
  • Fast paced
    56%
  • Fast-paced
    15%
  • You acquire experience on numerous projects
    10%
  • Awesome
    8%
  • Different
    8%
  • Home away from home
    3%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$84,900 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
89%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 22 responses

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